Sutherland Secondary
North Vancouver School District


This course is an introduction to the principles and processes of science. Areas of focus in
Science 8 are biology (cells, microorganisms and immunity), chemistry (atoms & kinetic molecular theory), physics (electromagnetic radiation and light), and earth science (plate tectonics). This class involves regular lab activities, and introduces students to scientific inquiry as a method for critically investigating the natural world. The final evaluation involves an independent "science fair" project in which students will design & undertake a scientific experiment on a topic of their choice.

This course further develops the principles and processes of science in a laboratory setting. Areas of focus in Science 9 are biology (cells & reproduction) chemistry (elements, & atomic theory),
physics (electricity), and earth science (energy cycles, matter cycles, and sustainability). Students will extend their use of scientific inquiry and will develop the ability to work safely and with skill in a laboratory environment.

This year is another transition year for the Science 10 curriculum. In this course, we extend the science principles and content presented in the two previous courses. Focus areas & big ideas include biology (DNA & genetics), chemistry (compounds, reactions), physics (motion or energy forms and transformation), and space science (cosmology). Exposure to content at the grade 10 level will help students to make informed choices about subsequent studies at the grade 11 level. Further development of laboratory skills and of scientific reasoning & inquiry skills are also among our course goals.

SCIENCE Co-op 10  

(8 credits - SCIENCE 10 + WORK EXPERIENCE)
Co-op 10 is an enrichment opportunity for students who want to gain career-related work experience. Students work in a variety of fields focused on personal and academic interests. Co-op is taught during periods 3 and 4. Work experience takes place off-site on Monday and Thursday afternoons. The remaining days are spent investigating Science 10 concepts and exploring issues related to the working world.

Past students say that not only does Co-op provide a learning atmosphere where all students are trying to excel, but the experience also provides them with tremendous insight into their own personality, intelligence and skills. "In Co-op, you learn more about yourself and others than anything else." By using experiences of the students' own choosing and reflecting on these experiences in class, we all gain insight and wisdom.

To see how Co-op can help you achieve your goals and gain valuable career-related experiences, take the next step and complete the Science Co-op application form.

Biology is the study of living things on Earth. This survey course examines the development and
interactions of microorganisms, plants, animals, and fungus. Three major themes (evolution, ecology and diversity) run through this course, and through these lenses we investigate principles such as classification, homeostasis, reproduction, structure-function, ecosystem analysis, and evolutionary patterns. Biology 11 involves very little math and a whole lot of vocabulary!  Field and laboratory experiences and project-based learning are essential to this course.

Chemistry is the central discipline that connects the branches of science, since matter and its reactions affect every aspect of our world. A strong basis in chemistry is useful for all science pathways. Chemistry 11 focuses on the language of matter (naming, classification, the periodic table), how chemicals interact (reactions, solutions, periodicity), and the mathematics of chemical relationships (mole concepts, stoichiometry). Lab investigations illustrate our core concepts, and students will establish some new lab techniques and skills. It is recommended that students have a comfortable background in math and science, and a C+ average in science 10 to enter this course.

Optional: Hebden Chemistry 11 workbook: At cost (approximately $22.00)

Earth science 11 examines the physical world we live in.  In our geology units, we explore rocks and minerals, the processes that shape our planet, and the geological history of Earth.  In our space units, we investigate the mysteries of space and developments in space exploration.  This course involves field work, lab activities, and projects.  Its content is more descriptive than mathematical, making it a great choice for students whose math skills are still developing.  Earth Science is recognized as a grade 11 science for university entrance.

A course designed to look at everyday uses of science and technology, from a practical and hands-on point of view. Some of the following topics will be covered: household chemistry, forensics, health, environment, computer use, building, outer space and transportation. Assessment focuses heavily on in class activities and investigations; there are very few traditional tests in Science & Technology 11.

**This course is a ministry approved course and can be used towards graduation. However, this course is not an acceptable science 11 credit for UBC and SFU admissions. Most suitable for students who do not plan to pursue university studies straight after high school, or for students who plan to take another science 11 course, but may also be interested in these topics.

Physics is a foundational science required as a prerequisite for many post-secondary institutions. The topics cover a wide range of physical phenomena: kinematics (motion), dynamics (forces), gravitation, momentum, energy, waves, light (mirrors and lenses), nuclear physics (fission, fusion and anti-matter) and Einstein's special relativity theory. Students are introduced to scientific reasoning and error analysis in experimental inquiry, including the philosophical, historical, and mathematical nature of physics with its big ideas. A strong background in Science 10 and Math 10 (C+ or better) is suggested.


The study of how your body and mind work. The Bio 12 curriculum emphasizes human anatomy, physiology, and homeostasis. This course includes an intensive anatomical dissection, as well as experiential inquiry of human physiology, including heart rate and biochemical reactions. In addition, Bio 12 integrates health & wellness into our study of human body systems. Experience of Chemistry 11 is recommended.
Optional: Biology 12 Study Guide: At cost (approximately $15.00)

Welcome to the "why" of chemistry! Chemistry 12 delves deeper into the central principles governing chemical interactions. More challenging, more theoretical, and more intriguing than Chemistry 11 – topics include reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, solution chemistry, acid-base chemistry, and oxidation/reduction reactions. This course is a requirement for a number of university programs. It is strongly recommended that students have at least a C+ grade in chemistry, a strong math background, and enjoy laboratory work.
Optional: Hebden Chemistry 12 Workbook: At cost (approximately $22.00)

Geology 12 uses hands-on guided inquiry and scientific reasoning to explore the topics of earth materials, surface and internal processes, geologic history, and the geology of the solar system. In addition, students will explore and interpret ancient environments through the study of fossils, rocks, and other geological processes. Particular attention will be given to British Columbia's local geology.

Physics 12 is a continuation of the principles, concepts and equations learned in Physics 11 with an added introduction to equilibrium statics, electrostatics, circuits and magnetism. This course is intended for those students continuing either in the sciences, architecture or engineering at the postsecondary level, as well as trade/vocational schools where physics is a requirement (e.g. electronics, kinesiology, nuclear/medical technician). There is a strong emphasis on vector analysis, especially two-dimensional vector component methods. Scientific reasoning (hypothesis testing, theory) and error analysis are further extended during experimental work and inquiry. A strong Math 11 and Physics 11 background is recommended (C+ or better).